Pantonic All Stars Steel Orchestra launch fundraising appeal
Like many charities and community organisations, Stockport’s Pantonic All Stars Steel Orchestra is hoping to raise funds to enable the group to continue with it’s own good works for charities.
“Pantonic All Stars” Steel Orchestra is a Stockport based group of talented young people, dedicated to playing steel music. They were established in 1985 and now usually comprise up to 25 players aged between 11 and 25.
The group has gained recognition as one of the Country’s leading youth Steel Orchestras, having been presented with the Outstanding Performance Award twice in the National ‘Music for Youth’ Festival and performed at many School Proms concerts including St. David’s Hall, Cardiff, and the Royal Albert Hall, London, where they have been fortunate enough to make four appearances since 1989. They have also been featured several times on radio and television in arts festival and youth programmes including Blue Peter (twice!) and the ‘Young Entertainer of the Year’ semi-finals on BBC1.
The Orchestra has performed in Europe on many occasions, most recently in Belgium in 2017, tours Devon every three or four years, and regularly appears at Caribbean evenings, shows, carnivals and shopping centres throughout the Country. The Orchestra operates in the name of our home town of Stockport and all public appearances operate behind a banner proclaiming Pantonic All Stars Steel Orchestra – the “Sound of Stockport Steel” with our vehicles sporting the same logo on their sides.
Steven Marshall, Trustee and organiser of the Go Fund Me campaign on behalf of the orchestra explains:
“We are trying our very best to keep business as usual during this difficult time and new imposed lockdown for 2021.
With continued support from our fantastic extended family and friends we will continue to make music and share it with you all. We have set up a go fund me page and any help would be very much appreciated by our committee, trustees and players.
“Do you want to join me in making a difference? I’m raising money in aid of PANTONIC ALL STARS STEEL ORCHESTRA and every donation will help.
“The past 35 years for the band has been full of joy and many wonderful memories made for everybody involved.
Our kids work very hard to fundraise for Charities including the Bone Marrow Trust Fund @ Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, to date raising in excess of £58000.!”
“2020 has been a challenging year for everybody. What’s made this year difficult for us, is not being able to operate and carry out our vital fundraising to help our own charity and others to survive.
“Also this year we lost our chairman Adrian Botham (known to us all affectionately as ‘Uncle Adey’) after a long battle with Cancer. Adrian was the backbone of our organisation, and made everybody proud when he accepted his British Empire Medal for Chairman, Pantonic All Stars Steel Orchestra and Community Volunteer – for services to education. This year we would like to ask for a little help to keep this fantastic Charity going, in the memory of this much loved man.
“Hopefully with your help we can continue to carry out our vital fundraising when the world returns to some sort of normality.
Thank you on behalf of myself, our committee, players and parents.
“Thank you in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to us. We’ll see you at an event as soon as guidelines allow!”